The Logitech Harmony 785 is a multifunction, programmable remote control released in 2006. As the successor to the Harmony 875, it sports a redesigned button layout and shape. Functionality, save for the added teletext buttons, remains largely the same. The user will find a backlit color display on its top, plus a numeric keypad, numerous programmable selection keys, a navigation pad and side mounted keys as well. The Harmony 785 features a rechargeable battery that typically lasts a week before needing to be recharged in the included dock. This universal remote can control up to 15 devices simultaneously, including a wide range of TVs, digital set-top boxes, DVRs, Satellites, DVD players, VHS machines, amplifiers, game consoles, media center PCs and more. Logitech’s remote can be updated over USB 2.0 to support new hardware devices at any time via the manufacturer’s website, which is accessible through the included installation CD.
However, the remote is only part of the system. It comes with the Logitech Harmony Hub, a separate box that works with the remote to handle infrared repeating and Bluetooth. The infrared repeating is a handy feature that lets you control your devices without any line of sight. Place the hub near your home theater components and run the two included infrared blasters to other components nearby, and the remote can trigger the hub to blast out commands to all devices even if they're in a cabinet. The hub also adds Bluetooth functionality and support for the Harmony smartphone apps.
The Logitech Harmony Smart Control "turns your smartphone into a powerful universal remote". That's the motto for this universal remote in Logitech's Harmony line-up. The Logitech Harmony is a series of premium universal remote controls, ranging from stand-alone ones to ones tied into SmartPhones. The biggest draw to the Logitech Harmony is the community support of 225000 electronic devices. Theoretically, you should be able to control any remote-control device from the past, present, and the future. Logitech provides a database search function to see if its community database has your electronic devices. See "Related Links" below to access that database.
But there are many generic universal remote controls out there for far less expensive than the most inexpensive Logitech Harmony. Why would you want a Logitech Harmony remote?
The Logitech Harmony 1100 is packaged in a box carrying the company’s standard corporate colours and contains information on the device and its features. The bundle supplied includes a user manual and installation CD, USB cable, power cable with UK and EU fittings, a charging cradle and the device itself.
Measuring 4.1×5.5 inches with a depth of 0.7 inches the Logitech Harmony 1100 is a relatively small device that sits nicely in your hands, however the dimensions are slightly awkward for a remote control. The plastics used in construction have a quality feel to them and Logitech have included a glossy piano black frame around the 3.5 inch QVGA (320×240) display. We will touch on the display in greater detail later when we discuss operation. In addition to the touch screen display, the remote has several buttons including volume/channel toggles, a menu navigation setup and a mute button.
The entire back side of the device uses a slightly difference plastic than the front and is incredibly soft to the touch and feels lovely in your hand. Also notice on the backside the two contact points used to charge the device on the cradle. In addition the cradle is quite well designed and provides a pleasant looking solution for storing the remote when not in use.